By Jennifer Lindgren


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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – Scientists from Southern Methodist University will be in Irving on Monday on a mission to pinpoint the source of more than a dozen recent earthquakes. They will be installing new equipment near the former Texas Stadium site, hoping to determine why the city has been shaking so often.

There have been 21 earthquakes within the last year in Irving, all centered around the lot where the old Dallas Cowboys stadium once stood. The most recent quake was on Friday. None of the incidents have caused any damage.

Researchers want to know what is responsible for these recent earthquakes.

To date, the quakes have all been relatively small. The greatest one was only a 3.3 in magnitude. But that is still enough to shake the nerves of many Irving residents.

The team from SMU will add a third seismometer to the area on Monday. Finding the exact location of the earthquakes is dependent on adding this new equipment, they said. These are the same seismologists who studied recent tremors in Azle and Mineral Wells.

Scientists do not know the potential maximum strength of these quakes, but Irving city leaders are getting proactive on this issue. They are in contact with the U.S. Geological Survey and Professor Brian Stump from SMU, the area’s leading expert on earthquakes, will address the Irving City Council at a meeting on January 15.

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